Weight is the enemy of performance, so from the outset we knew lightweight, versatile carbon composites were ideal for yacht building. Advanced composites have become the materials of choice for construction, making our yachts lighter, stiffer and faster. We not only seek performance from our yachts, but also want them to be innovative, making them easier, safer and more exciting to sail.
Our clients are looking for a unique product that demonstrates the sort of innovative thinking that matches their own experience in life and business, pushing the boundaries of design and engineering.
Alternative reinforcement materials like naturally grown flax are now being used at Baltic Yachts. We are exploring ways of using it in superyacht construction to make our products greener and to cut raw material costs.
We’re also investigating the material’s sound deadening properties which could enable us to reduce the use of insulation and in turn reduce weight.
The fibre, used as a reinforcement in conjunction with resins, is ideally suited to smaller, non-structural elements like sole boards and the myriad small components that go into our yachts, including cable trays, support construction and shelves.
Using an electric motor for a yacht’s auxiliary propulsion has become popular as the need for more environmentally acceptable power increases. A great advantage of using an electric motor is that it can work as a generator by harnessing energy from the ‘free-wheeling’, controllable pitch propeller when the yacht is sailing. The electric motor becomes a generator, which charges a battery bank and in turn supplies power to the sailing systems and services aboard the yacht. A genuine diesel electric system, such as the one installed aboard the Baltic 142 Canova, is designed for hydro-generation while the yacht is sailing and, in the right conditions, could enable her to cross an ocean using all services without having to employ a fossil-fuelled internal combustion engine.
FORCE FEEDBACK STEERING SYSTEM
Large yachts need hydraulic power to turn their rudders. A drawback is that the helmsman loses the ‘feel’ in the helm, something that lies at the heart of enjoying the sailing experience. We have found a way to re-create this feel to keep the owner in touch with his yacht. Together with experts from the automotive industry we have designed a steering system that mimics the side forces on the rudder and transfers the ‘feel’ electronically to the yacht’s wheel.
RETRACTABLE PROPULSION SYSTEM
Speed and manoeuvrability are key for a competitive edge. Making the underwater surface of the hull as fair as possible by retracting the propeller is one innovative way of achieving this. Working with propeller experts Hundested we’ve fitted a number of Retractable Propulsion Systems. The latest models feature 360 degree rotation so that the unit doubles as a stern thruster. With the propeller retracted, less drag equals increased speed and greater manoeuvrability on the racecourse.
DYNAMIC STABILITY SYSTEM
Foils make sailing faster and more comfortable. We are the first company to install this horizontal, touch-button, sliding foil in a large sailing yacht. When deployed, the carbon composite foil reduces heel and pitching motion and boosts speed significantly. Our engineers and designers worked with external experts to meet the complex engineering challenges. The end result is a user-friendly innovation, which genuinely improves the sailing experience.
HEAD OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
“Innovation lies at the heart of what we do at Baltic. Our clients are always looking for something new, but it must be reliable, it must work and it must be worth the expense. Our research and development department analyses ideas down to the very last detail. Using our own engineering and design programs we present ways of solving the most complex problems in the most effective way. By working with trusted external experts in their fields our R&D offering is a very powerful, versatile tool.” Roland Kasslin, Head of R&D